Texas is currently facing a winter storm that has left millions of Americans without power and in other dangerous conditions. President Joe Biden’s administration is working together with the federal government to offer much-needed support to all the affected Texans.
The state is experiencing heavy snow and Arctic-like temperatures, and according to the White House, they blame climate change which has gone further to affect other parts of the U.S., and that’s why the country needs to upgrade its infrastructure.
According to Homeland Security advisor in the White House, Liz Sherwood Randall, there are more than 1 million Americans without power in their homes, but the numbers decline significantly.
Earlier this week, reports indicated that about 4.5 million people were experiencing power outages, and now the numbers are around 600,000. This shows that Biden’s administration is working day and night to restore power to all affected parts of the state.
Randall added that some communities would continue experiencing power outages due to the storm’s nature, but they should hold onto expectations that everything will go back to normal very soon.
As we speak, President Biden has approved federal emergency declarations for the affected regions, including Texas and Oklahoma. It would be best to note that Louisiana is on the list and waiting for approval.
Texas government had received 60 generators and fuel to support hospitals, nursing homes, and water treatment plants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They were also provided with 10,000 wool blankets, 50,000 cotton blankets, and approximately 729,000 liters of water and many other supplies.
Randall further argued that even though most immediate needs were addressed, it’s good to discuss the country’s infrastructure that has been shuttered following the extreme weather conditions in Texas and other parts of the U.S.
She expressed how the infrastructure is ill-equipped and not capable of handling such climate changes in the long-term. And the nation needs to upgrade it as soon as possible to avoid climatic changes calamities.
Randall said that climate change is real, and it’s happening now in Texas, and the country is not adequately prepared to handle it. She emphasized the power grids across the country, which are overladed by demands as it is in Texas following the prevailing weather-related circumstances. And the worst thing is the infrastructure is yet to be upgraded to withstand such extreme climatic conditions.
She added how the Biden Administration would try to strengthen and harden the country’s critical infrastructure. In doing so, they will be prepared for unforeseen weather changes in the future. And since they can’t manually alter the extreme weather events, the best way to address this is by planning and preparing for them.
President Joe Biden will not set foot in Texas or any other affected state. Still, he has directed his administration to make the necessary decisions and respond to the states’ immediate needs as soon as they receive them during this difficult time. In no time, we hope that the Texas storm will come to an end.
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